The Planning Office is a division of the Department of Planning and Development. Our primary function is to plan and regulate land use and development within the unincorporated portions of Santa Clara County.
We inform property owners, land development specialists, real estate professionals and others of the County's land use and development policies and procedures. We review and process various permit applications such as grading, subdivision, design review and building site approval. We provide support to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors on a variety of land use and development matters. Other responsibilities include policy analysis, GIS services, research and technical assistance relating to land use, housing, environmental protection, historic preservation and demographics.